Between his well-documented relationship with grime crew Boy Better Know, his recent U.K. funky sampling, and the teasing of his new album Views From The 6 in central London, Drake should be basically qualified for a U.K. passport already. But anyone following @champagnepapi on Instagram knows that his obsession with Brit culture didn't just develop overnight. The rapper's social media has long been littered with enthusiastic attempts at British accents and references to U.K. TV, slang, and sports teams. As we wait to hear just how much U.K. influence has made it onto Views From The 6, here's a guide to all the crucial times Drake's used social media to prove that deep down, he's a true Brit. Stick the kettle on and enjoy.
1. October 2014: Drake confesses his obsession with Kano-starring, hard-hitting British TV drama Top Boy.
2. October 2014: He starts dressing like a British soccer fan.
His sweater is from Stone Island—a heritage apparel brand with a long association with Britpop and soccer.
4. February 2015: Drake goes on a grime Youtube binge, and documents it all.
First, he shares the infamous 2006 clash between Skepta and grime MC Devilman. The clip is taken from grime scene institution Lord of the Mics, a DVD series of clashes between MCs that was established by Boy Better Know MC Jammer back in 2004.
7. July 7: Drake & Co. enjoy the classic 'Wimbledon package' of strawberries and cream and a glass of Pimms.
OVO squad affiliate Kai Bent-Lee is not quite so excited.
8. July 25: Drake plays a game of soccer with ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
And celebrates in typical fashion for British players, spread-eagled on the floor.
9. July 28, 2015: Drake gets really, really into soccer.
The rapper has been known to mix and match the jerseys of rival soccer teams such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea—prompting the Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand to lightly troll the rapper in 2015 for his supposed lack of loyalty.
10. October 2015: Drake showcases his new BBK tattoo.
In case anyone doubted his love for grime and the U.K.